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First released in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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For the flow of free, is for Hobhouse as important as liberty. Moreover, 1 8 The world is naturally active and 9 but vital, spontaneous activity'. The idea of `movement' the identification of processes as natural indicates is subtly and only half-consciously recruited to un- the typical ideological device of insulating funda- derpin this specific understanding of liberalism. First, mental ontological claims from the sphere of debate liberalism is a movement, to be sure: it is an organised and contention.

Nor is with the development of a newly emerging social this chapter about `mere' history, nor even `mere' rationality, embodied in an integrated and organic 22 TWENTIETH-CENTURY LIBERAL THOUGHT 7 society and regulated by a benevolent and empha- the modern world'. tically non-neutral agency ± the state. `an effective historical force', is sustained by move- Movement in the first sense, as Like Mill, and many previous liberals, Hobhouse's ment in this second animated, living sense. Liberal- story about liberalism begins as a historical-anthro- ism is the release of dynamic biological and spiritual pological narrative.

More principles. He suggested, however, that these prin- specifically, it is `Eurocentric', and in particular it ciples are perhaps best illustrated or reflected in the exhibits a European commitment to individualism, doctrine of human rights ± that is, the doctrine that whereas other non-western cultures have a more each person has an intrinsic moral worth; that each collectivist or communitarian understanding of hu- person's interests must be taken into consideration man identity. On this view, given the depth of by the state; and that each person should receive cultural differences around the world, the very idea certain inviolable protections against mistreatment, of developing a single set of universal human rights is of liberalism and liberal democracy.

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